Dance Therapy Advocates Summit

 June 12-14, 2020

via Zoom

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Virtual Dance Therapy Advocates Summit! 

This summit is a meeting of the minds and offers a unique opportunity for dance therapists, prospective therapists, as well as dance therapy supporters and enthusiasts to share  clinical work, professional development strategies and to network. 

Tentative Agenda


Friday, June 12, 2020


     9:00am: Welcome w/Erica Hornthal

     9:15am-10:15am: Amber Elizabeth Gray

     10:30am-11:30am: S. Seda Güney             

     11:45am- 12:45pm: Devika Mehta

     1:00pm-2:15pm: Dr. Danielle Fraenkel

     2:30pm-3:30pm: Amarillis Vazquez (panel)

     3:45pm-4:45pm: Heather Andreyo-Waters and Carlyn Waller-Wicks

     5:00pm-6:00pm: Kathlyn Hendricks



Saturday, June 13, 2020

      9:30am: Welcome w/Erica Hornthal

      10:15am-11:45am: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Christine Caldwell

      12:00pm-1:00pm: Lauren Higgins

      1:15pm-2:45pm: Dee and Steve Wagner

      3:00pm-4:00pm: Kamahria Hopkins

      4:15pm-5:15pm: Julie Brannen

      5:30pm-6:30pm: E. Connor Kelly



Sunday, June 14, 2020


      9:15am-10:15am: Anabelle Coote

      10:30am-11:30am: Jennifer Sterling              

      11:45am- 12:45pm: Jennifer Frank Tantia

      1:15pm-2:15pm: Megan Ross

      2:30pm-3:30pm: Voniè Stillson

      3:45pm-4:45pm: Orit Krug

      5:00pm-6:00pm: Closing session w/Erica Hornthal














Christine Caldwell


Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder of and professor emeritus in the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, USA, where she taught coursework in somatic counseling theory and skills, clinical neuroscience, research, and diversity issues. Her work began forty years ago with studies in anthropology, dance therapy, bodywork and Gestalt therapy, and has developed into innovations in the field of body-centered psychotherapy. She calls her work the Moving Cycle. This system goes beyond the limitations of therapy and emphasizes lifelong personal and social evolution through trusting and following body states. The Moving Cycle spotlights natural play, early physical imprinting, and the transformational effect of fully sequenced movement processes. She has taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Concordia, Seoul Women’s University, Southwestern College, Pacifica, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and trains, teaches and lectures internationally. She has published over 30 articles and chapters, and her books include Getting Our Bodies Back, Getting In Touch, The Body and Oppression, and Bodyfulness.




Jennifer Frank Tantia




Dr. Tanita is a private practice somatic psychologist and dance/movement therapist in Manhattan, New York specializing in trauma and medically unexplained symptoms. She has taught somatic psychology and embodied research at Adelphi University, Lesley University and Pratt Institute, and guest lectures internationally. Dr. Tantia served as a grant adjudicator for the 2018 NEA Research Artworks commission and is former research chair of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. She currently serves on the board of the American Dance Therapy Association as chair of Research and Practice. Dr. Tantia peer-reviews for seven academic journals and has authored several publications in both dance/movement therapy and somatic psychology. Most recently, she co-edited The Routledge International Handbook of Embodied Perspectives in Psychotherapy (2019) and received a Marian Chace Foundation grant for her latest book, The Art and Science of Embodied Research Design: Concepts, Methods and Cases to be published Fall, 2020.

Devika Mehta


Devika Mehta is a practicing Dance Movement Psychotherapist (R-DMP) registered with Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, UK (ADMP(UK)) and IADMT. She holds a Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy from UK, in Clinical Psychology and in Indian Folk Dance from Mumbai.

She is the Co-Founder of ‘Synchrony’(, an organisation that provides mental health services and trainings through creative arts with various populations. Ms.Mehta is the elected Treasurer and the Founding board member of Indian Association of Dance Movement Therapy (IADMT). She serves as an executive board member (Education committee) for International Association of Creative Arts Somatic Education (IACASE).She is an advisory board member of Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI).

She is the Course Director for the Post Graduate Diploma Program in Expressive Arts Therapy at St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai and faculty for Diploma courses in Dance Movement Therapy in the country. She currently works as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist at SRCC rehabilitation centre and at Janakalyan Sevashram for at risk women and children. Over the years she has worked with educational set-ups, hospitals and various NGOs across the country to set up treatment and training programs using movement therapy.

Devika has been a panel member and presenter at International conferences and knowledge exchanges in India. She was invited to represent India at the 52nd Annual Conference hosted by American Dance Therapy Association to talk about her work on the International panel in 2017. She has presented her work at European Dance Movement Therapy Association’s Conference, at Music Therapy Symposium by Berklee Tandon and Neurology Foundation, at the Indian Chapter of World Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation. She has also contributed to the article on development of DMT in Asia.

Her areas of interest are in that of neuro-rehabilitation, cultural consciousness in the body and working with adolescents.

Annabelle Coote


Annabelle Coote, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT is a licensed mental health counselor and board certified dance/movement therapist with 25 years experience as a clinician, educator, consultant and supervisor. She loves helping both clients and therapists harness the power of the creative process and the mind/body connection to deepen, enrich and transform life experiences. She is the founder and director of Movement Matters LLC, Integrative Psychotherapy and Fire Within: Creative Mind-Body Professional Development for Therapists She offers consultation, supervision and training for mental health professionals. She loves dancing, all things nature, interpersonal neurobiology,family time, chocolate and warm sunshine on her face.

Voniè Stillson



Voniè received a MA in DMT & Counseling from Antioch, a BA in DMT from Naropa, 15+ years Certified Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist, past recipient of ADTA’s Outstanding Achievement Award and former Southern Chapter President. She’s presented D/MT at mental health conferences, aquatics conferences, community-based workshops and pop culture conventions. A lifelong comic book reader and sci-fi fan, she advocates geek culture as positive for mental health, and is Captain of Airship Iron Opal, an all ages social steampunk group, including her 13 & 11year olds and husband of 15 years.

Seda Sevin Güney




S. Seda Güney is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist trained in London, and currently based in Istanbul. She is a professional member of ADMP, UK (Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy, UK). She presented her work on "Inclusive Dance & Dance Movement Therapy within Community" in 2012 at the Dance Therapy World Congress in Athens. She teaches dance movement therapy at arts and healthcare institutions, and has developed trainings and workshop programs in trauma rehabilitation for refugee children, based on the therapeutic use of movement, while also co-authoring three chapters on the subject. She has facilitated international movement-based trainings and workshops for disadvantaged children and youth, and also mentors those who work in the field. She has led workshops in London, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, Germany, Portugal and Bangladesh. Sevin Seda Güney is currently the president of the Arts Psychotherapies Association in Turkey, holding an active role in the development of arts therapies.

Carlyn Waller-Wicks, MMT, MT-BC (left)

Heather Andreyo-Waters, MA, R-DMT (right)

Carlyn Waller-Wicks, MMT, MT-BC  is an improviser, a musician, a dancer, an artist, a healer, a poet, a risk taker, a learner, and a board-certified music therapist.  She holds a bachelor’s and master’s in music therapy from Appalachian State University, where she also completed a graduate certificate in expressive arts therapy.  She is currently an advanced trainee in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, using music and archetypal imagery for transformation, growth, and healing.  As a clinician, she uses music and the arts to treat holistically from a person-centered framework focusing on self-empowerment and accessing inner creative resources and expression.  She uses music therapy and expressive arts in her own self-care practices, for supervision of interns/students, and in sessions with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), staff support groups, and wellness groups.  Regional presentations she has given focus on expressive arts therapy and music therapy for self-care in the workplace, creative arts in supervision, application of new research on multi-sensory stimulation for adults with I/DD, and collaboration with the creative arts therapies.  She loves group art making, drum and song circles, movement and dance, and happenings where artists come together to create something ephemeral and unique to that time and place. She believes in the power of the creative process to connect people to themselves and to one another.



Heather Andreyo-Waters, MA, R-DMT is a mover, an adventure seeker, and an LD professional. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts: Dance and in Anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch University New England. Through movement and creative self-expression, Heather supports her clients in exploring their emotions/thoughts/and inner voice.  By letting the body lead the way, clients gain/regain a sense of autonomy and an opportunity to intentionally tune in to innate self-knowledge.  In sessions, Heather supports exploration of social, physical, cognitive, emotional, sensory, and communication preferences, which ultimately leads to continued self-discovery and a relationship to community advocacy.  Heather uses her life experience as a LD self-advocate and dancer to uniquely bridge movement with (dis)ability representation.

Dr. Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray




Dr. Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray, Executive Director of The Kint Institute,  is an award winning dance movement therapist, a somatic/human rights psychotherapist,  a long time practitioner and teacher of yoga, and an Authorized Continuum teacher.  Amber has worked for many years with people who have survived human rights abuses, war and torture. Amber originated Restorative Movement Psychotherapy , the only framework for dance, movement, mindfulness  and creative arts therapies with refugees and survivors of torture, and Polyvagal-informed  Dance. Movement and Somatic Therapies for trauma,  based on many years of friendship and collegial idea sharing with Stephen Porges.

She provides training and consultation nationally and internationally on restorative treatment for survivors of war, political violence, torture, and natural disasters. She has over thirty years experience in human service and working with displaced people, refugees, and survivors of human rights abuses, and over 22 years experience working with survivors of  interpersonal and social trauma. She is an innovator in the field of staff care for first responders in disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. Her expertise is in integration of creative arts and body-based practices and methods into clinical, psychotherapeutic and healing practices. She is a regular conference presenter and keynote speaker, and has authored many peer-reviewed publications on movement therapies and trauma.  She regularly leads eco-somatic, “wild-zeness” retreats for survivors of trauma.

Orit Krug,





Orit Krug is an internationally recognized board-certified dance/movement therapist. She guides women to heal past trauma from their bodies, so that they can truly let in love and enjoy their relationships. Orit provides transformational sessions for women all around the world via online.  Orit launched the first ever Dance Therapy podcast in April 2017, called Mind Your Body. She campaigns daily on social media about the importance of bringing dance and movement into trauma recovery. As a result of her creative and novel approach to advocate for the field, Orit won the 2018 “Innovation Award” granted by the American Dance Therapy Association. 

Dee Wagner,




Dee Wagner, LPC, BC-DMT, has worked as a counselor and dance/movement therapist at the Link Counseling Center in Atlanta, Georgia for 25 years. She has presented workshops for the American Dance Therapy Association, the Expressive Therapies Summit, and the International Coach Federation. She has three articles in peer-reviewed professional journals, Couples Dance/Movement Therapy: Bringing a theoretical framework to practice, American Journal of Dance Therapy; Polyvagal Theory and Peekaboo: How the therapeutic pas de deux heals attachment trauma in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy and The Big Dance: My love affair with the science of nervous system functioning in Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy (journal of the American Academy of Psychotherapists). Counseling Today, Coaching World, Elephant Journal and Asana International Yoga Journal have all published multiple articles of hers on polyvagal theory. Using her knowledge of polyvagal theory, Dee has created a dance/movement therapy-informed partner practice called Chi for Two® focusing on movements that help us better navigate the nuanced energetic dance of relationship.

Julie Brannen,




Dancing through life, Julie Brannen's experiences are abundant in creativity, community, learning and growth, healing and transformation. Some of her identity markers include artist, healer, teacher, mover; she follows the path of heart and soul. Julie facilitates an organic and compassionate practice of fiercely approaching vulnerability and embodying whole-hearted living.

She is the Founder + Artistic Director of SheWolf Sacred Movement, a new paradigm global purpose revolution to venerate the embodied feminine soul. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, with a Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, and Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago.  Julie's goal is to create a safe, inclusive, nonjudgmental space in order to express, liberate, and uplift.

Kamahria Hopkins,





Kamahria Hopkins, MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA, MPA, is a holistic-minded, multimodal clinician currently working at Guided Wellness Counseling in SE Wisconsin. She sees both adults and children in private practice,  as well as families in need through the county in-home therapy program. Kamahria takes an eclectic approach to her work utlizing talk therapy, dance therapy and a number of alternative holistic modalities including aromatherapy. She is a three-time graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she earned her master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis and a certificate in Movement Pattern Analysis. A former award-winning journalist for nearly a decade, Kamahria decided to pursue a different type of communications career after running a dance ministry for several years in upstate New York. Her passion lies in self-actualization and depth psychology, with a special interest in the use of Tarot and oracle cards as tools for psychological inquiry. She offers an array of workshops on movement, energy work, manifestation and grief. She is also a trained doula and enjoys working with families throughout the childbearing year. 

Megan Ross


Dr. Megan Ross, PhD is the founder of The Ozias Group, a healthcare advocacy, consultancy and educational organization. Before founding The Ozias Group, Ross served as the Chief Clinical Officer for Aloria Health. She has spent her career developing herself, individuals and organizations to work with integrity, ethics and profitably from a human center.


Dr. Ross is licensed as a clinical psychotherapist, registered dance/movement therapist, certified advanced yoga and meditation practitioner, certified movement analysts and registered doula. Her speaking and research interests include somatic integrated psychology, leadership and organizational psychology, and conflict and security psychology. 

Jennifer Sterling


Jennifer Sterling is a black woman. She is also a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and the creator of The Bodyful Healing Project, an initiative that offers support and resources to black women living with depression. Having witnessed the adverse effects of oppressive systems on black women in her community and through her own lived experience, Jennifer has made it her mission to help reduce the stigma around mental illness within the black community, as well as educate others on the effects of oppression on black women's bodies. 

Kathlyn Hendricks



Kathlyn is an evolutionary catalyst and freelance mentor who has been a pioneer in the field of body intelligence and conscious loving for fifty years. She describes her purpose: “I feel through to the heart with laser-love and evoke essence through deep play.” Katie is the co-author of twelve books, including the best-selling Conscious Loving, At The Speed of Life and Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationship at Midlife and Beyond. Passionate about the power of embodied integrity and full-spectrum presence, her work explores the how of consciousness and the structures and practices that befriend and transform fear into presence, relational authenticity and resonant collaboration. She specializes in translating concepts such as commitment into directly felt experiences that lead to new choices and creative engagement. Her unique coaching and leadership programs have generated hundreds of body intelligence and relationship coaches in the U.S. and Europe. She developed and led the unique Leadership and Transformation Training for 30 years, and is currently joining with her community through the Foundation for Conscious Living to create the Big Leap Online Programs. These online videos are designed to support people in coming home to presence, restoring resourcefulness and creating caring communities.

Lauren Higgins

MS, BC-DMT, RYT-200 (she/her/her)


Lauren Higgins, MS, BC-DMT, RYT-200 (she/her/her).  Lauren's Master of Science is in Dance/Movement Therapy (Pratt Institute), and her Bachelor of Arts is in Psychology (Bard College).  Lauren has served as a board member of the Southern Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association since the chapter was formed and is currently serving as President of the chapter.  Lauren was fortunate to have in-depth trauma training in 2001 through her college which steered her towards her passion of supporting trauma survivors.  Lauren began working with eating disorders and substance abuse in 2011 as a part of her internship after years of personal interest in the fields.  Lauren currently is employed as the Director of Embodied Therapies at Focus Treatment Centers in Chattanooga, TN.  Lauren is pleased to offer dance/movement therapy and yoga to residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.  Lauren has an online coaching business focused on supporting people who have been through eating disorder treatment in later phases of their recovery.  Lauren also recently completed Advanced Certification in S.A.F.E. EMDR from the Personal Transformation Institute and has completed Level one of Embodied Recovery Training from the Embodied Recovery Institute.

Seminar Descriptions

Body as Refuge: Practices to Regulate, Ground and Stabilize

Facilitated by Dr. Amber Gray

The times we live in require us to ally with uncertainty and become more intimate with the unknown. Living in a vastly evolving reality can undermine our ability to be present. Transitioning from crisis to the space between - the continuum of unknown to known  - can increase fear, worry, anxiety, overwhelm, depression, and stress.


This session is a straightforward, practical offering of polyvagal-informed breath, movement and danced based approaches to promote regulation and adaptation through state shifting. The practices shared in this class will support participants to find more ease and support for everything we feel though the grounded wisdom of our body. Practices are grounded in Dance/Movement Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Polyvagal Theory, Medicine practices, and the presenters extensive field experience.

Conversations about Private Practice
Facilitated by Jennifer Frank Tantia

Dance/movement therapists work in a myriad of places: inpatient and outpatient hospital
facilities, nursing homes and even in schools. However, as embodiment continues to gain
recognition as an integral part of mental health treatment, and the new global crisis is opening
new pathways for remote psychotherapy sessions, more independently functioning individuals
are seeking dance/movement therapy treatment in lieu of traditional psychotherapy. This
segment of the Dance Therapy Advocates Summit will address some of the issues and
considerations that dance/movement therapists might face when developing a private practice.
Issues such as working with individuals (as opposed to groups), how to keep it nonverbal, DMT
via video, and how to talk about DMT to those who independently functioning, are a few of the
topics that we will cover. Feel free to bring your own questions, ideas, and concerns regarding
your interest in starting or developing your private practice in dance/movement therapy.


Cultivating Therapist Resiliency and Vitality Through Embodied Self-Compassion

Facilitated by Annabelle Coote

The work of therapy asks a lot of us. It calls for us to bear witness to vulnerability, raw emotion, and deep pain as we support our clients in their very personal journeys of healing and change. In order to maintain presence, decrease risk for burn out, improve competence and feel fueled and fulfilled, we need to invest in our own resiliency and vitality. Self-compassion is a powerful practice that we can use to nurture ourselves in our work. In this seminar we will investigate ways that self-compassion can nurture compassion for our clients, help us tolerate our own vulnerability, and deepen the capacity for participating in and facilitating the therapeutic process with greater confidence and engagement. We will draw on mindfulness practices and concepts from interpersonal neurobiology as we focus on ways to deepen an embodied and felt-sense of self-compassion in clinical work.


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

1) List three elements of self-compassion.

2) Describe at least two personal somatic indicators of self-compassion.

3) Create a plan to implement at least one embodied self-compassion practice that can be used in or out of session to nurture professional resilience.

Bridging the Latinamerican DMT's

facilitated by Amarillis  Vazquez

Panel of DMT's from different Latinamerican countries to share about their work, how they advocate for the profession, and difficulties/needs they have in growing the profession such as generating cohesion and a standard language and policies for the profession.



Cultural Consciousness: Using Indian Folk Forms within the Dance Movement Therapy context with groups of adolescents and young adults

Facilitated by Devika Mehta

In the context of group therapy, there is an emphasis on myths and narratives that indicate the understanding that human brains connect to each other through symbolic communication channels that allow a cultural network to function as an extension of individual brains (Nixon, 2015). In my work as a dance movement psychotherapist, I constantly reflect on how to draw from the intentions of these traditional folk forms in group work with adolescents and how they inform the therapeutic process. The power of symbolism held within these dances and relational intersubjectivity that informs their individual sense of self has been constant across multiple groups over the years. This webinar will bring to the world some of these traditional movements from a therapeutic perspective and offer a combination of theoretical review with an experiential into some of these forms for the participants to reflect on what experiencing these movement brings in their own bodies. It would interesting especially since these cultural forms are part of the cultural context of these adolescents but may offer an unfamiliar yet ritualistic experience to those in movement.


Nixon G. (2015). Development of Cultural Consciousness from the perspective of a social constructivist. International Journal of Education and Social Science 2(10), Oct 2015. Please note: I have a masters in Indian Folk Forms and that is where I draw this work from in combination with my masters in Dance Movement Therapy.



Dance Therapy for Social Change

Facilitated by S. Seda Guney

This webinar will focus on the concept of "home" in your body and environment, within a multicultural context. Based on Seda's experience with various populations through her trauma-informed work as a Dance Movement Therapist, participants will learn about: 

-Dance Movement Therapy as an integrated model for social change

-Creating a safe space in international work

-Dance movement therapy with PTSD, displacement and disadvantaged populations

Geek Culture and DMT

Facilitated by Voniè Stillson

Learn about the intersection of DMT and Geek Culture and how tapping into a client's fandom opens up a new layer of understanding of the individual, especially in this time of social distancing.

SheWolf Sacred Movement 

Facilitated by Julie Brannen


SheWolf Sacred Movement is about recalling what is natural, instinctual, and vital within the human experience. You are invited to connect to your wild and joyous body! You are invited to get out of your head and into the flow. You are invited to dance as a source of creative expression. You are welcomed to allow the primal creature inside be your muse. This workshop includes guided and collaborative movement improvisation and integrative story telling. Through personal reflection and community immersion, participants will engage in a felt sense of being held in a creative process.  We explore what is sacred to you and how it can serve you on your journey onward.


Learning Objectives:

  • learn methods of engaging in therapeutic movement 

  • connect to aspects of personal language to create collective narrative

  • experience group consciousness through intuition and creative process 




How Our Language Influences the Care We Give

Facilitated by Megan Ross


This workshop is designed to educate attendees about the complexities of language within a therapeutic practice and how words impact the care that we offer. Language is apart of structuring our cognition, emotions, attitudes, culture, and actions. The power and influence of words requires critically analysis so that we each can get closer to offering the clinical care that we intend. Strategies to increase self awareness regarding language will be provided and explored.


Learning Objectives: 

  • Following this presentation, participants will be able to recognize the impact language has on the delivery of care.  

  • From this presentation participants will be able to increase their self awareness around the words we use to express clinical language in two ways. 

  • From this presentation participants will be able to restructure their clinical language in accordance with the care they intend to offer.



Physical Storytelling in COVID19

Facilitated by E. Connor Kelly MA, BC-DMT, LPC, DTAA (Prof DMT)


Physical Storytelling: Some basics about the practice of Physical Storytelling and how it has been recently applied on ZOOM conferencing with colleagues around the Globe to tell stories relating to COVID 19. Some examples will be shared as well as a live offer of the process. Physical Storytelling has roots in Playback Theatre, contract improvisation, Authentic Movement and dance. A teller shares a verbal story or experience and a dancer or several dancers improvise in the moment. It is a form of 'exquisite communication' which enables us to discover the deeper layers of stories underneath which unite us with universal themes of meaning

Bringing Dance Therapy Online: Global Access and Understanding of DMT to an Unlimited Audience & Clientele

Facilitated by Orit Krug


Orit Krug ditched the comfort of her job in a small town after being unable to deny her greater calling to bring dance therapy online and provide global access to our powerful modality. In this presentation, participants will learn more about Orit's journey and how bringing dance therapy online is expanding the field in ways that were previously unimaginable. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how a unique vision became a reality and the essential steps we need to take before developing an innovation of our current modality

  • Explore personal challenges and obstacles that inevitably come up as an advocate/innovator and how to overcome them

  • Understand how dance therapy works online: overcoming fears and clarifying misconceptions about doing this work through the screen



Dear Strong Black Woman : Using movement to break free from the binds of oppression

Facilitated by Jennifer Sterling


Slavery, Jim Crow, and modern day institutionalized racism are all systems of oppression that have historically affected black women and continue to affect black women today. While black women are strong and beautifully resilient, there's no escaping the long-term mental health effects of oppression, like depression. This presentation will explain how oppression affects black women's mental health and how dance/movement therapy can be used to combat its effects and encourage healing. 


Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn the ways in which oppression affects black women

  • Understand the behavioral shutdown theory of depression

  • Learn how to utilize Kestenberg Movement Profile and principles of dance therapy pioneers to encourage a sense of bodily safety for black women and other marginalized groups. 



Tarot in Motion: An Embodied Approach to Using Cards in Session

Facilitated by Kamahria Hopkins, MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA, MPA


If you’re remotely plugged into the spiritual/holistic/wellness community, then you know Tarot, oracle and affirmation cards are all the rage. But these cards are more than a fun party trick and can be used for more than telling the future. Come learn how embodying the cards can help strengthen theme development in your sessions, expand movement repertoire using LMA and dive deeper into the world of archetypes and moving imagination.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn basic approaches to reading Tarot cards and their meanings.

  • Participants will learn how to embody the meanings of cards to expand theme development and explore archetypal material in their sessions.

  • Participants will learn how the structure of the Major Arcana relates to Laban’s effort elements.

  • Participants will learn how to use Tarot and oracle cards to market their dance/movement therapy offerings.



Chi for Two® Offers a Piece of DMT

Facilitated by Dee Wagner


As dance/movement therapists look for ways to ethically offer pieces of dance/movement therapy (DMT) to other somatic practitioners, DMT's best offering could be an understanding of the therapeutic relationship. Chi for Two® offers a limited DMT protocol, which helps us understand and better do the nuanced energetic dance of relationship. Chi for Two® is based on Porges' polyvagal theory, Carter's illumination of the role of oxytocin in social functioning, Levine's trauma understanding and the alternating rhythms of developmental dances identified by Kestenberg and colleagues. Can we get a felt-sense of all this science in one hour? Dee Wagner, assisted by her son—tai chi instructor Stephen Kirk Wagner—leads the way.


Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize a "map" of nervous system functioning with clients.

  • Explore the Power of Push with clients.

  • Picture incorporating Chi for Two® into other somatic modalities.

Interpersonal Dynamics in Collaboration: Working Together to Build Supportive Environments

Facilitated by Heather Andreyo-Waters and Carlyn Waller-Wicks

Dance/Movement Therapists work in a variety of facilities often as a part of an inter-disciplinary team. Perspectives for how to collaborate and purposefully involve support staff, integrate multiple disciplines into co-treatment, and provide a fruitful environment for client success and participation will be shared (including experiences of dance/movement therapy involvement from other staff).


Facilitators: Heather Andreyo-Waters, R-DMT, graduated from Antioch University New England with her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy. She has experience collaborating with teachers, creative arts therapists, volunteers, and physical therapists, just to name a few! Heather enjoys collaborating because it ignites creativity and creates space for diverse perspectives to be contributed and celebrated. Carlyn Waller-Wicks, MMT, MT-BC enjoys collaborating because it stimulates growth opportunities for clients and meaningful relationships with staff in the workplace. She has presented regionally about arts-based self-care groups in the workplace, multi-sensory stimulation for adults with I/DD, and arts-based supervision. The presenters work together at an ICF-I/D facility in Morganton, NC, with regular collaboration/consultation with direct care staff, educational/vocational staff, chaplancy, psychology, social work, and therapeutic services including: music, art, dance/movement, physical, communication, occupational, and recreational.

Dancing with Recovery

Presented by Lauren Higgins, MS, BC-DMT, RYT-200

The body is a vital piece of recovery from an eating disorder. However, the body is what is so scary to feel in early recovery. This presentation will explore the aspect of movement in recovery.


How can movement aid one’s recovery, and in what ways can movement be triggering or risky in early recovery?

When are we moving to connect to ourselves, and when are we moving to disconnect?


Dance/movement therapy can be an incredible tool for eating disorder recovery because of the therapeutic relationship and the therapist’s kinesthetic empathy for the client.


What makes dance/movement therapy a wise choice for embodying recovery?

Moving from Fear to Presence, Connection, and Collaboration

Presented by Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D, BC-DMT


Each of us can contribute to the global shift in presence and connection needed right now to meet our unprecedented challenges. And we can only do that if we befriend fear. When we’re trapped in fear…

*we cannot think creatively

* we cannot connect with others to collaborate and create solutions

• we cannot access the body wisdom needed to love and value ourselves, others and the planet

• we revert to using force, contempt and exclusion rather than valuing diverse contributions and points of view We can unlock the fear code and access direct and expanding aliveness, receive the nutrient of human connection, and continue to generate solutions based in being real, wondering and caring.


In this seminar we’ll explore:

• discovering and disarming your fear signature

• enjoying and integrating Fear Melters® and Fear Melters® +, that rewire your nervous system to enjoy expansion with ease

• learning to harness the power of living in your authentic essence, who you are at your core.

•opening to discovery, new choices and learning while having a good time

© 2019 Erica Hornthal, LCPC, BC-DMT.